2010 NFL Draft day one analysis for the Seattle Seahawks is already pretty positive. The Seattle Seahawks had two picks in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and that gave them a great opportunity to fill a couple of holes on the team. Seattle has had a rough couple of years, finishing 2008 at 4-12 and 2009 at 5-11, and it has become clear they need some young blood on the team. Last year they took linebacker Adrien Curry with their first round pick, and he has already been a nice player on the defensive side of the ball. This season it was unclear which direction that new head coach Pete Carroll was going to go on draft day 2010, but that was answered pretty quickly in the first round.
With the No. 6 overall selection of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks went with offensive tackle Russell Okung from Oklahoma State. Now Okung is not one of those flashy players that is going to make all of the highlight reels on Sports Center, but he is a big presence on the offensive line that could protect quarterback Matt Hasselbeck next season. It has also been thought that Pro Bowl offensive tackle Walter Jones may retires from the NFL this season, leaving Seattle with a big gap that they needed to fill. Russell Okung stands almost 6’6″ tall and weighs in at 307 pounds, so you know he is a pretty big guy. He will be expected to start right away for Seattle, and will be a big factor on offense during the 2010 regular season.
The Seattle Seahawks also had the No. 14 pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft after a prior trade with the Denver Broncos, giving them another chance to add a weapon on Thursday. With their second pick of the first round, the Seahawks drafted safety Earl Thomas from the University of Texas. What Thomas will do for the Seahawks is provide another threat in the secondary to put some nice hits on opposing receivers. In the 2009 regular season, Seattle was second to last in the NFC when it came to pass defense. Seattle gave up 3,927 passing yard and 27 passing touchdowns during a really rough season. They definitely needed some help in the secondary, and getting someone with the talent of Thomas this early can only help.
What the Seattle Seahawks were able to accomplish with their two first round picks is nothing short of amazing when you consider that they got two players that could have easily been taken in the top 10 picks. With Russell Okung and Earl Thomas the Seahawks get two players that can start right away in the NFL, and they didn’t have to make any trades on draft day to get it done. It was considered a shock that Thomas was still available with the 14th pick, and Seattle seemed pretty happy to be able to draft him that easily. At the end of the day, Okung and Thomas won’t be the type of athletes that win rookie of the year in the NFL or get on the cover of video games, but both of these player have the high level of talent that could see them on many Pro Bowl teams throughout their careers. For the first day of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks came away with an overall grade of ‘A’.